Photo: West Jet
Canadian airline West Jet really had people going on April Fools Day when they rolled out a new service called Kargo Kids–”an exciting new program allowing guests to travel on select child-free flights.”
Not only would West Jet ban children from riding with grownups, they’d stow them in the plane’s underbelly–along with luggage, pets and “the other kids” (the video shows a pair of tots being carted off on a conveyor belt in a carry-on bin).
To be fair, they also promised a kid counselor would be on hand to play referee and keep the little ones fed and watered.
Of course, the whole thing was a big fat hoax, but it’s hard to deny a small part of us wished it were true.
As it happens, just one airline has officially banned children from certain flights. That’s Malaysia Air, which introduced a new no-kid rule in the first class cabins of some of its jets last summer.
In response to outcries from consumers and critics alike, the airline reasoned that passengers were complaining about losing sleep to squealing kids and that youngsters would be relegated to business and economy class only.
According to AOL Travel, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic kicked around similar plans early last year as well, but neither ever took off.
Looks like you’ll be sticking with ear plugs for a while to come.
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